Is there anything more welcome than springtime, signalling the approaching summer, beckoning us outdoors? We think not.

With the fast-approaching summer, we begin to think about Christmas Day; about outdoor entertaining with family, friends and children – that magical time of the year when we gather round and celebrate our relationships. It’s love in action.

There’s something reassuring about wandering outside to our gardens, decks and courtyards with our nearest and dearest; appreciating areas that are living and breathing; spaces that feel rustic and organic – with beautiful natural materials under our feet and only the sun and stars above our heads.

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Unhurried outdoor Christmas Day morning breakfasts with family are best

Easy entertaining at Christmas is the best kind. At Eco Outdoor, the way we live outdoors is different. It’s messy, unhurried, spontaneous and unpredictable. We say serve your food on big, generous communal platters and let people help themselves and pass it along.

We think outdoor styling is all about keeping it simple and low-key, allowing your guests to relax in style and comfort.

Not everything needs to be shiny and new. Don’t get too elaborate with dishes and glasses; a nice assortment feels more laid-back and welcoming.

You can entertain and be playful at the same time. If you’re planning an outdoor gathering for Christmas Day, start collecting your key furniture pieces now. Mix and match outdoor design ideas to create your own unique look; incorporate natural, living materials throughout the home, inside and out.

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Sink into a modern outdoor lounge on Christmas Day and relax the evening away

A wonderful outdoor dining table can be the ideal outdoor furniture entertainer at Christmas, so spend time getting it right.  The key is to source a special piece that suits the scale of your entertaining area.

Why not place your outdoor dining table under a tree for the beautiful effect of dappled sunlight? Or host your party at dusk and sprinkle fairy lights throughout your outside space for a little touch of magic once dust arrives.

If the sun is too much for some, a picturesque outdoor umbrella not only has the benefit of providing shade relief, it can also help define your outdoor dining space.

Then, at the end of the day, sink into a comfy lounge chair and laugh with those we hold dearest to our hearts and watch the sun go down over a cold bottle of something. Generous, oversized outdoor lounge frames with large luxurious quick-dry outdoor cushions are perfect for any such outside setting.

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A luxurious outdoor lounge is perfect for relaxing outside

An eclectic mix of natural accents and crisp, clean finishes can create a sense of balance throughout your space and gently impress your guests at the same time.

But, most importantly, it’s about treasuring family and friends and creating more memories of special moments that we cherish until the end of time.

For more inspiration on styling your perfect outdoor Christmas Day gathering with family and friends, download our New Summer Season Furniture Catalogue here.